Careers Service

Which career?

This is the best year to find out what's out there and which careers might suit you.

If you leave it until next year, you might find your ideal career - but too late to apply for the best opportunities, which are often advertised at the start of the academic year.

Whether you've already got some ideas or are looking for inspiration, try these:

  • Career sectors A quick overview of careers in 18 broad areas including business, media, public sector, science, law, engineering and more.
  • Prospects: Types of jobs Entry requirements, pay, case studies, employers and more for over 400 types of graduate level work.

Not inspired or don't know how to decide? Start at the beginning:

Got some careers in mind?

You can really get ahead this year by a bit of in-depth research on a few careers:

  • Attend employer and alumni events - get inside information to improve your applications and interviews.
  • Build your network - learn more about working in your preferred career from your contacts. They may even be able to help you find work or voluntary experience.
  • Find out what skills and experience are valued by employers - plan activities this year to develop these skills and gain experience.
  • Find out how employers recruit graduates in your preferred career, and when they start recruiting. This is particularly important if next year is your final year - some employers start recruiting as early as the summer before you go into your final year.

The international angle

International students:

  • Build your contacts back home to explore the job market for graduates. Even if you aim to work in the UK or elsewhere, you need a back-up plan.
  • If English isn't your first language, continue to practise, practise, practise! For jobs in the UK, you'll need excellent English for any applications and interviews. For jobs back home or elsewhere, your English fluency could be a real selling point.

Any students wanting to start an international internship, placement or job, study abroad or postgraduate course next year:

  • Investigate these early - getting visas and improving your language ability can take time, and application deadlines can be very early. It can take 18 months or more to plan postgraduate study overseas (including taking further exams for study in the USA).